I have wanted running water in the garden for so long that I knew I would be excited when it finally happened, but I cannot convey just how much pleasure it has given me to see the stones being set and the feature taking shape. From a couple of holes covered in plastic divided by rocks, it now looks like the living ecosystem that it will become.
I wanted it to look natural and follow the fall of the garden as if it had always been there.
I wanted it to be a place where I could sit and relax whilst providing habitat for frogs and endless enjoyment for birds. It is going to be all those things and more. Alistair Housten and his assistant Chris are taking are taking a great deal of trouble to be sure that it looks great and that it will function well. It has progressed quite quickly from the original photo and from these new photos, the patina of the rocks and field stones is wonderful and more evident as the building continues.
Over the weekend, I weeded quite a bit of the garden and kept coming back to this space to just look at it again. It has planting pockets built in and an area for a swamp garden as well as the plan for stone slab seats. It has been designed around what was there, namely the Japanese maple and the nectarine as well as a few iris.
The backdrop of spring flowers is a cause of considerable enjoyment especially the hellebores of which this double purple is a beautiful example.